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California State Capitol BuildingSutter's FortOld SacramentoCalifornia State Railroad History MuseumMarshall Gold Discovery Park
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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Sacramento!
  • Arrive in Sacramento Meet your WorldStrides course leader and prepare to see California state history come to life!
  • California State Capitol Building See your state legislature in action. You may get the opportunity to meet with state representatives.
  • California Vietnam Veterans Memorial Pay tribute at the $2.5 million memorial, designed by a Vietnam veteran and dedicated in 1988.
  • Lunch
  • Sutter’s Fort Relive the Gold Rush and understand its effects on the United States and the world at the fort built by Swiss immigrant John Sutter more than 150 years ago.
  • Authentic Wagon Ride in Old Sacramento Ride along the cobblestone streets as they did in Old Sacramento during the 1800s.
  • Old Schoolhouse Museum Appreciate the differences between your class and the classes of pioneer children after participating in an 1850s-style schoolhouse lesson.
  • California State Railroad Museum Understand the economic, political, social, and ecological transformations caused by the Transcontinental Railroad.
  • Dinner and Hotel check-in
Day 2 Choose Option 1: GOLD COUNTRY or Option 2: SAN FRANCISCO
  • OPTION ONE: GOLD COUNTRY
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Nimbus Fish Hatchery Discover the importance of conservation through the story of salmon and steelhead fish migrations, and discuss how humans are helping with conservation efforts.
  • Olde Coloma Theatre Participate in a Gold Rush melodrama while learning historical and life lessons.
  • Lunch
  • Marshall Gold Discovery Park See the original spot where gold was discovered. Interact with interpreters to fully understand the significance of the discovery.
  • Gold Rush Activity Make a trade bead necklace to take home as a souvenir.
  • Pan for Gold in the American River
  • Dinner in Sacramento
  • Depart Sacramento for Home
  • OPTION TWO: SAN FRANCISCO
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Travel to San Francisco and Take the Ferry to Alcatraz Island
  • Alcatraz Island Learn firsthand about the strategic importance of Alcatraz during the Civil War and its transformation into the famed prison.
  • Lunch
  • Pier 39 Explore the sights and scenes of Pier 39, located along the San Francisco Bay. Take a peek inside the many shops that line Fisherman's Wharf, and take time out to watch the beautiful hand-painted carousel.
  • Cable Car Ride Soak in the sights of the city as you ride in one of San Francisco’s historic cable cars.
  • Exploratorium Have fun in this world-famous interactive science museum with more than 650 hands-on exhibits.
  • Dinner
  • Depart San Francisco for Home. Please note: Travel time from different parts of the state may modify this itinerary. Prices vary depending on activities chosen and duration of program.
    *These itineraries may be modified and inclusions and airports substituted depending on your travel dates, arrival and departure times, national holidays, hours of operation, and events beyond WorldStrides’ control.

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